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Lot 35

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1988 Porsche 959 Komfort

SOLD $1,485,000

Estimate

$900,000 - $1,100,000

Chassis

WP0ZZZ95ZJS900072

Car Highlights

One of Only 242 Komfort Models Built
Defnitive 959 Livery and Specifcation
Just Three Owners and 8,800 KM from New
Recently Serviced and Maintained by Porsche Specialists
Exceptionally Original Example Accompanied by Keys, Books, Tools, and Records

Technical Specs

2,848 CC DOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch-Motronic Electronic Fuel Injection
Twin KKK Turbochargers
450 HP at 6,500 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle with Variable 4-Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Double-Wishbone Suspension with Adjustable Shock
Absorbers and Ride-Height Control

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle will not be sold to any Buyer who intends to purchase the vehicle for resale in California, to a California resident, or for use primarily in California.

Register to Bid

Heinz Schiller, Geneva, Switzerland (acquired new via Porsche AG in September 1988)Jan Stuivenberg, Oud-Loosdrecht, Netherlands (acquired from the above via Garage Auto-Rallye in 2004)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Following the 953’s decisive win at the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally in 1984, Porsche’s chief engineer Helmuth Bott declared his ambition to build a “Super Porsche” – a turbocharged 911 variant with all-wheel drive and variable ride height. Over the next three years, Porsche developed a groundbreaking sports car to comply with the FIA’s Group B regulations, which capped the engine capacity of turbocharged cars at 2.85 liters and required 200 production cars for homologation purposes.

The result of Porsche’s significant effort was the 959 – arguably the most technically advanced and influential high-performance automobile built during the 1980s. Equipped with a 450 bhp, twin-turbocharged fat six, a six-speed transaxle, state-of-the-art PSK variable differentials, and aerodynamically effective composite bodywork, the 959 was an undisputed technological masterpiece. Even today, the 959 remains the standard by which the latest turbocharged 911 models are judged.

After constructing and testing 16 prototypes and 21 pre-production versions, Porsche finally offered the 959 for sale to the public. Between 1987 and 1988, just 284 production 959s were built.

The 959 presented here is a definitive example of this landmark Porsche – a meticulously maintained, European-delivery Komfort model with just three owners and 8,800 km from new.

Constructed on September 6, 1988, this 959 was finished in the classic Silver Metallic (S7) livery over dark gray metallic leather and optioned with German equipment, Bridgestone tires, and sport seats with electric height adjustment. Once completed, the 959 was delivered to its first owner, Heinz Schiller, of Geneva, Switzerland.

Well known among enthusiasts, Schiller was a major supporter of the Porsche marque, both as a successful privateer racer and later as the factory’s official Swiss importer. His impressive racing career spanned two decades, during which time Schiller drove a remarkable variety of Porsche models – from the 550 Spyder to the 934 – at leading venues, including the Mille Miglia and Le Mans. In the early 1960s, Schiller even participated in several Grand Prix events, driving the famed Porsche 804 Grand Prix car for Scuderia Filipinetti.

The 959 remained a fixture in Schiller’s private collection until fall 2004, when it was consigned to Garage Auto-Rallye in Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland. From there, the 1,300 km 959 was sold to Jan Stuivenberg, a Dutch collector who successfully raced Porsches during the early 1970s. During Mr. Stuivenberg’s ownership, the 959 was driven approximately 5,000 km and was regularly maintained by leading Dutch specialists Porsche Centrum Gelderland B.V. and Car Care Porsche B.V.

In fall 2013, the well-kept 959 was acquired by the current owner, a knowledgeable Michigan collector with a passion for the most rare and exotic contemporary Porsches. Before taking delivery, he commissioned a comprehensive service and pre-purchase inspection to ensure that the car adhered to his strict standards for originality and mechanical preparation.

Upon its arrival in the US, the 959 was entrusted to Ruf Auto US, with instructions to perform a second thorough inspection. Today, the 959 remains in exceptional original condition – the only signifcant changes made from as-delivered specifcation were tinted windows and wheels painted to match the intercooler housing.

In keeping with its outstanding condition and low mileage, this 959 is offered with its original keys, books, tools, and service gloves. It is also accompanied by an impressive fle of documentation, which includes the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, service receipts, and copies of important documents such as the U.S. Customs Entry Summary, as well as EPA and DOT declaration forms.

Surely among the most complete and original specimens to be found anywhere, this 959 is, quite simply, an outstanding example of a rare Porsche supercar and a prize for forward-thinking collectors.